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Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

Can I go swimming with a perforated eardrum?

Yes, but: It is a good idea to protect your ear from water with a silicone ear plug that molds to your outer ear. Best to not use plugs that fill the canal. If you feel as if water gets into your ear then the use of an antibiotic ear drop can help prevent infection. You should speak to your ENT doctor about these drops. If you have not seen an ENT recently you should as perforations need to checked. Read more

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If I went swimming in a lake with a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

If I went swimming in a lake with a perforated eardrum without earplugs should I be worried?

Probably yes.: You basically laid out all you need for a serious inner ear infection. 1) Lake water teeming with organisms. 2) Outer ear canal easily fills with water and does not empty. 3) You have a hole into the deepest part of your skull. This is not to scare you unnecessarily, but you DEFINITELY need to see a physician if you have even the SLIGHTEST symptoms. Read more

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Should I go to the hospital for a perforated eardrum?

Should I go to the hospital for a perforated eardrum?

See ENT: Probably don't have to rush to hospital unless you can't wait to be evaluated by an otolaryngologist (ent) as an outpatient. Read more

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I been to the doctors 3days ago they told me I had a perforated eardrum and give me tablets, I accenditly got water into it what is going to happen?

Possibly drainage: A perforated ear drum can be due to infection or trauma. Pills probably will not help. It is true that if a perforation exists, getting water in the ear canal and through the ear drum into the middle ear space can lead to an infection. Read more

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Can I go to the beach with a perforated eardrum?

Can I go to the beach with a perforated eardrum?

Yes: The beach is no problem. You should plug that ear so that no water gets in as this may lead to an infection. Use a plug that is waterproof. Read more

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Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Why don't men want to go to doctors? My husband has perforated eardrum, and I feel I have to drag him in to be seen. What will happen to him without treatment?

Will likely be fine.: Many perforated eardrums heal up on their own with no complications. He shouldn't be swimming or putting anything into his ear. If he's getting more pain or discharge from the ear or fevers, he needs to go in. Tell him if he loses his hearing, you'll just have to talk louder. Good luck! Read more

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What's done for a perforated eardrum?

See below: See if it heals spontaneously, or surgically repair it. Read more

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What are the symptoms of a perforated eardrum?

What are the symptoms of a perforated eardrum?

Drainage: Acute perforation of the tympanic membrane from infection will always be accompanied by drainage. If the perforation has been present for a long time there may be hearing loss but a small perforation may have little in the way of symptoms. Read more

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What happens after you have a perforated eardrum?

What happens after you have a perforated eardrum?

Most heal in 3 weeks: Those that do not heal withing 3 weeks should be evaluated by an ent. There is plenty we can do to fix eardrums. Read more

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What to do if I have a perforated eardrum they gave me amoxicillin?

What to do if I have a perforated eardrum they gave me amoxicillin?

Perferated Eardrums: Perforated eardrums is a common and most often fairly harmless complication of an ear infection. Usually it heals well without complication and without permanent hearing loss. Sometimes the hole in the eardrum does not heal properly and permanent hearing loss can occur which is sometimes surgically correctable. Amoxicillin is one of the more popular antibiotics used to treat and works well. Read more

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I have a perforated eardrum and the hole is quite big, will I lose my hearing?

I have a perforated eardrum and the hole is quite big, will I lose my hearing?

Yes and no: A hole in the eardrum does cause a conductive hearing loss, but typically once that hole resolves the hearing is restored. Some holes heal on their own, but other ones need to be surgically repaired for them to be fixed. I woud see an ENT to find out your options. And in the meantime try to keep that ear from getting water in it. Read more

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Would it be recommended to to take afrin (oxymetazoline) with a perforated eardrum?

Would it be recommended to to take afrin (oxymetazoline) with a perforated eardrum?

Yes: Afrin (oxymetazoline) in the nose won't go to your ear so that is definitely safe. Even if you got a little afrin (oxymetazoline) in your ear it should still be okay as it is used sometimes in ear surgeries if there is bleeding in the ear.
Remember not to use afrin (oxymetazoline) more that a few days as it has the potential to be "addicting". Read more

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How can I know if my perforated eardrum is healing, not getting worse? (assuming I just want to self-check)

Need a doctor: Need a doctor to look in your ear and check it. It is impossible for you to look in your own ear and you would need you what you were looking for. Read more

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How do you treat a perforated eardrum?

Perforated ear drum: Ear drum perforations are treated socially with tympanoplasty. Have your ear evaluated by a board certified otolaryngologist. Read more

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How dangerous is a perforated eardrum?

Perforated drum: It isn't usually dangerous. A hole, depending on size and location can affect hearing. It can also allow infection to get into the middle ear, therefore keep ear dry. Perforations from injuries will often heal without surgery. You need to be checked by ent. Read more

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How to survive with an perforated eardrum?

How to survive with an perforated eardrum?

Ruptured ear drums: After care for ruptured ear drums includes: tylenol (acetaminophen) or Ibuprofen for pain, antibiotics if an infection caused the rupture, avoidance of anything in your ear, and follow up with a doctor in 2 weeks to recheck the status of the rupture. All the best! Read more

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How can you know if you have a perforated eardrum?

How can you know if you have a perforated eardrum?

Hearing loss: Typically, an ear drum perforation causes hearing loss, tinnitus, fullness/pressure.

It can also cause discharge from the ear if it is infected.

Please see an otolaryngologist and have a hearing test performed, . Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Perforated eardrum?

What is the definition or description of: Perforated eardrum?

Perforated Eardrum: A whole of varying sizes in the eardrum that can be due to trauma, infection, or surgery. Read more

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